Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Going Cold Twinkle Turkey
- 3 January 2012
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This is always a week filled with separation anxiety when the Christmas tree is packed away and nothing blinks, twinkles or sparkles...
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
What you need is a diversion, I say. Something that is really quick and easy to do but still captures the imagination...
Clean, devoid of all tinsel and Christmas twinkles, just pure meditative beauty.
See it as making space for all the exciting new things to come...
And celebrate the beauty of winter.
Tulips float freely on a frozen snow pond... Well, in my imagination anyway
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Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"
Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.
Cellophane and plastic wrap in a clear vase, filled with water, creates a cracked ice effect
An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.
The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.
A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.
Design 2 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: wired branches
This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.
That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.
One of my trusty tried and tested techniques. When the going gets hot... float your flowers!
Softest Wisteria colour to cool things down on an unexpectedly warm day.